Yayasan Emmanuel – Food Rescue Project Driver

A Day In The Life: Van driver Bapak Empay, Jakarta, Indonesia.
Bapak Empay drives a chilled delivery van for the Food Rescue Project which distributes surplus food from Jakarta’s hotels to needy communities in the capital. Bapak wakes each working day at 4:20am and, after morning prayers, prepares to leave for work. He arrives around 7am at the Food Rescue Programme’s office and garage in Sentul, Bogor, some 40kms south of central Jakarta.

Food Rescue Project team collecting donations from Jakarta hotels.

He quickly prepares the chilller van for departure and, with FRP teammates, heads out to Indonesia’s busy capital city. The van arrives in congested central Jakarta around 10am and Bapak drives his preplanned route picking up surplus food from the nearly 35 local and international hotels that support the FRP’s work. On average, the van visits between 12-15 hotels each day.

Once the route is complete and food collected from the hotels, the van proceeds to one of the 16 communities FRP supports. Traffic permitting, the FRP team usually arrives around 3:30pm.

Food Rescue Project team weighing donations from Jakarta hotels.

On site, the FRP team checks on the registered families receiving food support and begins distribution of bread, pastries, meat, poultry, fruit and vegetables. During 2016, the FRP reached just over 31,000 families with 32,000 kg of food donated by hotels.

Bapak returns to Sentul around 6:30pm where another FRP team has cleaned and prepared the many food containers needed for the following day’s collections. He takes time to clean his truck inside and out, while the rest of the team unload the used food crates to be cleaned the following day. Finally, Bapak loads clean, empty food containers into his van, ready for the next day’s collection and delivery circuit.

His work finished, Bapak returns home around 9pm.